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May - June '12

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 2012 NFGS Convention Special Glass Raffle and Convention Souvenir

2012 NFGS Convention Special Glass Raffle

By Sharon Fenner

Shown here are the three awesome pieces chosen for this years raffle.  Tickets are available to NFGS members at one for $10 or three for $20.  An insert with tickets for both the Special Glass Raffle and Room Raffle is included with this issue of the Fenton Flyer.  

First Prize is this beautiful off-hand bowl created by Fenton Master Craftsman Frank Workman.  This may be one of Frank's final works of art made while employed at Fenton.  This bowl was purchased from Fenton prior to the 2011 convention.  mj12_Raffle_bowl.JPG mj12_Raffle_inside.JPG

Second Prize is an Emerald Green Satin Tulip vase lamp - one of only eight produced by the Fenton Art Glass Company.

Third Prize is a one-of-a-kind Favrene egg, designed and hand-painted by Fenton designer Kim Barley.  Kim created this egg during the 2011 convention designers seminar. 



2012 Convention Souvenir

By Sharon Fenner

A Buttercup Satin Happiness Bird has been selected for our 2012 convention souvenir.  Designed and hand-painted, by former Fenton designer Frances Burton, with a lovely floral.  The Buttercup Happiness Bird was the last item made exclusively for the NFGS.  We have only 65 available to NFGS members for $51.  They can be picked up during convention glass sales, or will be shipped to those unable to attend following the convention.            

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Mould Fund Donation Raffle Winners

By Millie Coty

The drawing for the mould fund donation raffle was held April 10, 2012.  The winner of the Gone-with-the Wind lamp was Lynda Randolph.  The winner of the Blue Burmese cruet was Linda Glasgow.
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Fenton Gems - The Thistle Banana Boat

Fourth in a series exploring the many under-appreciated gems produced by the Fenton Art Glass Company


By Doug McIntosh

The true beauty of the design is difficult to describe.  Read all about it in this issue of the Fenton Flyer.

Clockwise from top left:  Close-up of the interior design;  Waterlily and Cattail exterior; interior and side view; Thistle Banana Boat - interior; Fenton Scotch Thistle, courtesy of D. Doty; and Fenton Thistle, courtesy of D. Doty

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Convention 2012 Featuring Robert Barber

By Millie Coty

Several activities are centered on Mr. Barber's attendance. 

There will be several "Barber" pieces in the consignment auction on Sunday. 

A special piece of glass is being produced to commemorate this special event.

Make plans now to attend the 22nd Annual NFGS Convention, July 28, 29, and 30.  


Just 'Cuz it Says Fenton...

By Anne Nelson


Right:  Listed on eBay as:  "Fenton Chinese Yellow Custard Glass Huge Apothecary Type Jar - 1920s Very Rare"

Below:  Listed on eBay as:  "Fenton Jade-Green Opaque #620 - 7" Footed Comport - 1931 - Great!"  

Below right:  Listed on eBay as:  "Extremely Rare Fenton Mandarin Red Candlestick Holders"

If you know your Fenton shapes, you will be less likely to accidentally purchase a mis-labeled piece, and MORE likely to find a Fenton rarity!!


Please note:  All of these pieces are NON-Fenton.



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The Fenton Barometer - Sales of Older Fenton on the Rise?

By A. Fenton Fann

For February/March, the top-grossing item was a piece of old Carnival (1910s/1920s).                   


For the week ending March 2nd, a six-piece group of Rubina Verde pieces garnered $1025 from 23 bids.

In the week ending March 16th, the top seller was a Custard/Black Hanging Hearts Mariner lamp, garnering $675 from one bid.

During theis timeframe Fenton lamps continued to sell well. 



Off eBay Finds 

By Ckris Cord




Above:  Fenton 7.5" Teal Blue Iridized Thumbprint Carnival Bon-Bon

Right:  Fenton 4.5" White Cross made for the youth group of the United Methodist Church 


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Above:  Fenton Iridized Violet Raised Roses Footed Candy Box
Above:  Fenton Rueven Raised Roses Owl Ring Tree
  Below:  Fenton Aventurine Rose 6.5" Pitcher with Milk Glass Handle  

22nd Annual National Fenton Glass Society Convention 

July 28, 29 & 30  


Frank Would Have Loved This

By Thomas K. Smith


Collectors may recognize the shape as the 10.5" pitcher rarely seen in Victoria Topaz stretch glass.  This one is Persian Pearl stretch with a Cobalt handle.



Buyer Beware - Hobnail Milk Glass

By Tom Norskov

As you can see in the photos, pictured are two similar Hobnail Milk Glass Star-shaped creamers and sugars.  The Fenton pieces are the ones on the left. On the right are pieces produced in China.  Each of these had a small Made in China sticker on the bottom.  With the stickers removed an uneducated collector may be fooled.  Note the spelling on the labels. 

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Polar Bear Warms Heart

By Anne Nelson

In July 2009, while on a tour of the Fenton decorating department, the artists were hand-painting this Opal Polar Bear.  The guide stated these bears were being created for the October 2009 QVC show.



Reflecting On Frank

By Roy Ash

It was his great privilege to know Frank Fenton for almost two decades.  Mr. Ash elaborates on attending an ID event with Mr. Fenton.  Needless to say it turned out to be a very interesting evening, and never let it be said that Frank didn't have a sense of humor, although sometimes it could be both dry and wry.  


Bridesmaid Dolls - A New Favorite for Longtime Collector

By Becki Ann Selby


Right:  A collection of Fenton's 5228 Bridesmaid Dolls 

Below:  Cinderella Doll and her Helper Mouse

Bottom left:  Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat

Bottom right:  Burmese doll with a Log Cabin pattern


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Fenton Stream of Hearts and Have You Seen Any of These Lately?  

By Tom Norskov

Right:  Fenton Stream of Hearts Marigold Carnival compote, circa 1915.

Below:  They are the Fenton 6674 Petite Epergne, designed to be inserted into a candleholder, circa 1958.



eBay Finds.............By Ckris Cord

Right:  Fenton Silver Crest Creamer and Sugar from the Late 1940's - Very Rare                 Sold For:  $250.00 

Below:  Vintage Fenton Glass Plum Opalescent Hobnail Epergne Pristine (3) 8.5" Horns.  Sold For:  $363.98

Below right:  Fenton Glass Spanish Lace Comport HP Wildflowers Louise Piper - 1989  Sold For:  $132.49


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Right:  Fenton Aqua Crest 4" Tall Basket with Handle - Blue with Milk Glass                      Sold For:  $89.88



Kelsey Murphy Cameo Jade

By Anne Nelson

Kelsey Murphy carves phenomenal designs in glass The piece is a late 1920s Fenton Jade fan vase with dolphin handles.
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